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Saturday, September 6, 2014

A Little Tragedy in a Big War

                                                   Died,
. . .
At the residence of her father, in New Kent county, on the 29th of August, of typhoid fever, Emma J. Davis, daughter of John A. and Mary J. Davis, aged eight years five months and nine days.

Dearest Emma, thou has left us,
We thy loss most deeply feel;
But 'tis God who hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.

-The Daily Dispatch (Richmond) August 31, 1864. 


John Davis, age 29, was a small landowner in the Dispatch station area of the county. I assume this is the same John A. Davis who was postmaster at Tunstall's 1873-75,78-81, and 1885-88. And presumably the same John A. Davis in 1864 serving in Co. F of the 3rd Virginia Cavalry, New Kent Troop.

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